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Ephs down Castleton State 107-82 for 10th straight win

CASTLETON, Vt. - A dominant second-half helped the No. 7 Williams College men's basketball team leave Vermont with a 107-82 victory over Castleton State at Glenbrook Gym on Monday evening.

The win was the Ephs 10th straight, and they improved to 11-1 overall.

Monday's game was a tale of two halves, as the Spartans shot 13-for-26 from downtown and 46.3 percent overall to trail the seventh-ranked Ephs just 57-55 at the break. However in the second, Castleton managed just nine field goals overall while Williams made 18, including nine from behind the arc.

"In the second half I thought we had much more discipline on the defensive end," Ephs' head coach Mike Maker said, "and much more pride, collectively, guarding the basketball. I thought that was the difference tonight."

Williams had five different players reach double figures, led by James Klem and Michael Mayer. Klem hit five treys and finished with 19 points overall while Mayer contributed 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Junior Nate Robertson also played well, with nine points, ten assists, five rebounds and five steals.

Sophomore Taylor Epley scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds, senior James Wang netted 15 points while classmate Brian Emerson contributed 10 points and five rebounds.

Castleton State freshmen Mark Pryzbylkowski scored a career-high 16 points to lead the offense, with four triples and three assists. Junior Mark Comstock was the only other Spartan in double figures with 14 points and four boards.

The Spartans came out aggressive, matching the Ephs with 13 points through the first 4:32 of the half. Williams managed to extend its lead to 51-42 with six minutes left, but Castleton wouldn't give in. The Spartans went on a 9-1 over the next three minutes to make it a one-point game. The two teams then traded points for the remainder of the half and Castleton went into the break trailing 57-55.

The Spartans got a foul shot to open the second half, but didn't score for the next eight minutes as the Ephs ran off 18 straight points. Williams pushed its lead to 85-58 with 9:30 remaining and the teams traded buckets over the last nine minutes for the 107-82 final.

The Ephs shot the ball extremely well all night, connecting on 59.1 percent (39 of 66) of their shots from the floor, including 53 percent from beyond the three-point arc (16 of 30).

"I think we were much more patient offensively in the second half, but to be honest, we shot 59 percent from the floor, had 39 assists and we had five guys score in double figures," Maker said. "As a coach, you can't ask for much more than that."

Williams is back in action Friday night when it opens its conference slate against Tufts at 8 p.m.

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